While there is still hockey to be played in the USHL Clark Cup Playoffs, teams have already begun preparations for next season. One of the steps in the building process for the future is the 2011 USHL Prospect Combines being conducted at the Arctic Ice Arena in suburban Chicago.
This weekend marks the second of three combines being put on this spring and summer by USHL Player Development. Players from the 1995 birth year age group were part of the first combine two weeks ago in preparation for the 2011 USHL Futures Draft. Later this summer, the USHL will take a look at another group of future players with an August combine for the 1996 and 1997 birth years.
More than 250 hockey prospects are showcasing their skills this weekend at the USHL Prospect Combine being held for the 1993 and 1994 birth year age groups. USHL Player Development is in its second season of conducting these first of their kind events. Not only do top hockey players take to the ice for game competition, they are put through a series of off-ice testing and training drills. The players will also take part in educational presentations to learn more about off-ice training and nutrition as well as learn more about the overall life of a USHL player.
Representatives from each USHL Member Club are on hand to evaluate this collection of talent as it is a group of players that are eligible for the upcoming 2011 USHL Entry Draft on May 16th. Scouts, coaches, and general managers are looking for players that have the ability to compete for roster spots for the 2011-12 USHL season.
It is a busy weekend for the prospects as they are competing in five games over the course of three days in addition to two off-ice testing sessions.
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